Watch Army captain drag victims to safety as car goes up in flames

An off-duty Army captain sprang into action when he realized people at the scene of a burning car needed help, dragging them from the flames. If that wasn't enough, he did it while wearing a Captain America T-shirt.

The scene unfolded Sunday along a rural North Carolina road, when a driver crossed the center line and caused a serious head-on collision, police said.

Mark Ricketts, 59, was driving the car that crossed the line, while William and Kathleen Thompson, both in their sixties, were in the other car.

Bystanders caught the scene on video and helped pull the victims to safety. Army Captain Steve Voglezon, donning a red Captain America shirt, led the charge.

Capt. Voglezon explained how he did it to Good Morning America. He made use of the fire extinguishers supplied by nearby residents.

"I grabbed one of the fire extinguishers. I smashed out the back window and the driver-side window," he said. "From there, I grabbed Mr. Thompson. I took him to a safe distance."

That's when someone else could be heard screaming, "There's somebody still in the car!"

So Voglezon went back and pulled Mrs. Thompson from the car, too. He said his Army training kicked in.

"If I had not been a soldier, I wouldn't know what to do," he said. "The Army has helped a lot."

Just like Captain America, though, Voglezon is all about the greater good and the team.

"I was just at the right place at the right time," he said. "We all bonded together to help save people's lives."

All three people involved are in the hospital. Ricketts was cited for going left of center, authorities said.
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